To live for! LABNEH.

Although this is a Lebanese recipe, this 'cheese' is very popular in Brazil, it is called Labneh, and it's a very easy cheese made from vegan yogurt and soy milk that's that! You can enjoy it as a spread or, you can roll them into little balls and marinate it in a herby extra virgin olive oil as I did here! I hope you enjoy it!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!


• 2 liters (67.6 oz) of unsweetened soy milk - homemade soy milk is even better
• 400g (14.2oz) of unsweetened kefir or vegan yogurt
• Optional:
• Salt to taste
• Dried oregano
• Assorted peppercorns
• A sprig of fresh rosemary
• Garlic cloves
• Extra virgin olive oil


  • 1.
    Add the vegan milk to a pot, bring to a boil, turn off the heat and wait until the milk is lukewarm (you are supposed to be able to hold your finger comfortably in the milk for 10 seconds.
  • 2.
    Add the vegan yogurt or kefir, and stir gently.
  • 3.
    Cover the pot, wrap it with a towel and place it in the oven (turned off) for 24 hours.
  • 4.
    Remove the pot from the oven, place a double cheesecloth or a clean tea towel in a sieve then place a sieve in a bowl on top of another plate so the sieve gets elevated and the drained water doesn't touch the cheese.
  • 5.
    Squeeze the cheesecloth so it drains water faster, then put a cling film or silicone mat on top of the cheese, place some weight on top of the cling film, put it in the fridge for 2 or 3 days, until it drains completely and it firms up to a point you can roll it in your hand and form a ball. You might need to remove the drained water from the bowl from time to time, so keep an eye on it.
  • 6.
    When the cheese is drained out completely, transfer it to a smaller bowl, add a pinch of salt (optional), mix to combine, and make the labneh balls:
  • 7.
    Put some olive oil in the palm of your hand, scoop a small amount of the cheese, roll into a ball, place it in a jar, then add extra virgin olive oil, add the herbs of your choice, and some garlic.
  • 8.
    Alternatively, if you don't want to make labneh balls, you can enjoy it as a spread, just add some salt to it when the cheese is ready and drained, mix to combine, and enjoy!
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